Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Review

Over the weekend, my Cisco-Linksys WRT310N wireless gigabit router died.   Barely a year old, the router just stopped working.  All the lights on the modem worked as usual but it wouldn't get an IP address from my ISP and wouldn't issue IP addresses (DHCP).  I tried powering off, reseting to factory settings - nothing.  With no home network, I was seriously stuck.

I had no choice but to hit the stores and purchase a new router.   I rarely, if ever, purchase computer gear at stores as I find the best deals online but this was a special case.   I did a bit a research before hitting the stores.   Given the short-lived lifespan of the Cisco-Linksys router, I decided to purchase another brand.  I have always had good luck with Netgear equipment and I found a  Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router at Walmart for $150.    

The router was easy to setup and configure.  While I've only been using the router for a few days, the following are my impressions:

Pros:
  • Easy to setup and configure
  • Vertical design takes up less space
  • Traffic meter function tracks Internet bandwidth usage

Cons:
  • Admin user interface is a bit less polished than my previous Cisco-Linksys, however, the interface is fully functional
  • A bit pricey at $150

I'll be updating my review as I explore more features in particular - dual band (2.5/5Ghz) and ReadySHARE USB storage. 

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